Monday, April 25, 2011

Good Stuff in Kumasi


Last Tuesday Elder Meinzer and his companion went with some other elders and got some delicious brick oven pizza for only 12 cedis. "There's just so much good stuff up here."

Elder Gibson and Elder Meinzer were able to go and do a service project for one of the members, Francis. They cut his grass with a mower. "Seriously! It got done so quickly and it hardly required any effort!" Definitely a change from using his cutlass.


Elder Meinzer has decided that his new companion is a nice contrast to his serious nature. He is a funny guy and they get a long well. "I'm pretty sure that I'm enjoying my mission the most that I have since I've come to Ghana."



Lewis is progressing well. They went to meet him last week, and as they waited for him near his little computer repair shop while he went to get his Book of Mormon, they received a call from him telling them to meet him somewhere else. Confused, they began getting up to move but were confronted by a woman speaking Twi. It was his mother. Lewis's sister was with her and explained that she didn't want them teaching her son because of the things she had heard (a bunch of untrue things). In the midst of this, they received another call from him saying, "Don't mind them. Don't mind them." He came to church this week.



They are beginning to get more and more progressing investigators.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Great News from Abakrampa

The Saunders let Elder Meinzer know about some baptisms in Abakrampa. Gladys and Francis were baptized, as was Frank and Sarah. As far as their current investigators in Abuakwa, there is a guy named Lewis who is progressing well. They contacted him about two weeks ago and learned that he was meeting with the missionaries. As they teach him, he always seems happy.


As Elder Meinzer has been thinking about his mission, he has seen that some of the most growth came as he was in Abakrampa for those three and half months. His testimony increased, his relationship with his Father in Heaven grew, he had more meaningful prayers, his ability to teach more effectively increased and he became more comfortable playing the piano in front of people. He thinks that part of this may be because it was some of the most challenging time he has had on his mission.


He really enjoys Elder Gibson. "He is a good guy."



Elder Meinzer really dislikes lessons that involve a translator. He doesn't know how he as able to make it through lesson like that all day every day in Abakrampa. "The Lord must have blessed me with some extra patience."

Abuakwa

The area Elder Meinzer is in is like a suburb of Kumasi. People are wealthy and live in large compounds, have cars and travel the world. A lot of people live part time in other countries. Definitely different from Abakrampa where most people had never been outside the region. Elder Meinzer is gradually getting more accustomed to the city pace of life and no longer feels uncomfortable with all the cars and noise. The branch is pretty solid. It has been around for two years and began with about 40 members. In the last two years they have had approximately 120 members join, mostly from members moving into the area. Since most of the people have been members for like 14-20 years, there is a greater understanding of the gospel. The best way Elder Meinzer describes it is the Abuakwa branch is like a ward back home that is trying to deal with tons of recent converts. He loves how the members are so willing to come out and proselyte with them or show them around or help translate. A lot of good people!


One of their investigators is a 13 year old boy named Philip. He comes to church every week and has been a great influence on his family. He has taken some pamphlets to school so that he can teach his classmates. In their last lesson he asked a ton of questions because he wanted to know the answers to some of the questions his friends may ask him.



The former companionship didn't leave them a lot of investigators so they are starting from square one.



They made an awesome discovery. They found a place that sells ice cream-like a vanilla ice cream popsicle with hardened chocolate on the outside. "Simple things make me happy."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kumasi



Elder Smith & Elder Meinzer

The Lord definitely blessed Elder Meinzer and Elder Smith. Frank is solid. When they finished up a lesson with him, he told them that the lessons were too short and asked them to come back for three hours two day later. He has a deep love for the Book of Mormon and carries it around with him everywhere, reading it at the farm and even going so far as sleeping with it underneath his pillow. Reginald is also solid. He completely accepts everything and when they were talking about the Book of Mormon they pulled out a copy and he immediately said, "how much?" Luckily he doesn't have to pay.


It was in the midst of all this prosperity that Elder Meinzer got transferred to Kumasi as part of a large emergency transfer involving 16 missionaries. There was a disctrict that was being quite disobedient breaking rules so the Mission President decided to just clean out the district and put in new missionaries. His new companion is Elder Gibson from Cedar City, Utah. As a result of the transfers, Elder Darrow is now with Elder Smith. They passed each other on the way.


Kumasi
He is definitely not in Abakrampa anymore. He went from serving in bushy areas his whole mission to the second largest city in Ghana. He was uncomfortable when he first came to a large city with tons of houses and lights. "Where are my trees? Where are my mud huts?" And the language is different. It is Twi instead of Fante. The people are also different. They are wealthy, educated and live in large homes, have TVs and computers and cars and lights. The branch president got put in last week and seems like a driven man. Elder Meinzer attended PEC on Saturday and was in awe at how similar it was to something back home. "These guys are doing it by the book."